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#1 2006-10-08 02:26:51

Devantè
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The Mathematician, the Food, and the Psychologist

A mathematician and a physicist agree to a psychological experiment. The (hungry) mathematician is put in a chair in a large empty room and his favorite meal, perfectly prepared, is placed at the other end of the room. The psychologist explains, "You are to remain in your chair. Every minute, I will move your chair to a position halfway between its current location and the meal." The mathematician looks at the psychologist in disgust. "What? I'm not going to go through this. You know I'll never reach the food!" And he gets up and storms out.
The psychologist ushers the physicist in. He explains the situation, and the physicist's eyes light up and he starts drooling. The psychologist is a bit confused. "Don't you realize that you'll never reach the food?" T he physicist smiles and replies: "Of course! But I'll get close enough for all practical purposes!"

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#2 2016-02-26 16:12:51

Monox D. I-Fly
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Re: The Mathematician, the Food, and the Psychologist

Sounds like the mathematician didn't know he could stretch his arms.

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#3 2016-02-27 02:52:23

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Re: The Mathematician, the Food, and the Psychologist

That mathematician was called Zeno


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#4 2016-02-27 06:32:15

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Re: The Mathematician, the Food, and the Psychologist

The first time I heard this story it was told as Achilles and a tortoise. It seems ole Zeno changes it every now and then. I wonder how he is doing? He never calls or writes...


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#5 2016-02-27 15:56:17

Monox D. I-Fly
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Re: The Mathematician, the Food, and the Psychologist

Zeno didn't know how to use his hands.

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